Claire Bradshaw – Mezzo Soprano
Claire Bradshaw was born in Yorkshire and studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and at The National Opera Studio. Whilst at the R.N.C.M. she won all of the College’s main vocal awards and was also a finalist in the prestigious Kathleen Ferrier Awards broadcast on The Southbank Show.
Claire Bradshaw’s operatic roles have included the title role in Carmen at London’s Royal Albert Hall in Raymond Gubbay’s acclaimed production, receiving rave reviews. Other roles include Cherubino The Marriage of Figaro, Maddalena Rigoletto, Dryad Ariadne Auf Naxos, all for Scottish Opera, Lola Cavalleria Rusticana, Mercedes Carmen, 2nd Lady in The Magic Flute, Varvara Katja Kabanova, Emilia in Otello and Suzuki for six revivals of Madama Butterfly all for Welsh National Opera and Lisetta Il Mondo della Luna (Haydn) for Opera Zuid (Netherlands). Claire has also performed in the Spoleto Festival (Italy) in the role of the Innkeeper’s Wife in Janacek’s Cunning Little Vixen with Richard Hickox and performed at the Barbican with Hickox and the London Symphony Orchestra in a rare performance of Vaughan-William’s ‘The Poisoned Kiss’.
Claire is married to Australian Classical Guitarist Craig Ogden with whom she has performed extensively in recital both abroad and in the UK at many of the main Festivals and also on BBC Radio 3.
Claire Bradshaw has performed in concert and oratorio throughout the UK and in Austria, Australia, South Africa, Denmark, Israel, Italy and France. Recent concert performances have included the role of Joan in Ole Schmidt’s ‘The Passion of Joan of Arc’ with the Orchestra of Opera North, Elgar’s Musicmakers at King’s College Cambridge with Stephen Cleobury and the Philharmonia, Mendelssohn’s Elijah at Oxford’s Sheldonian Theatre with Nicholas Cleobury and the Oxford Bach Choir and singing the role of Prince Orlofsky alongside Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Jose Carreras in a performance of Die Fledermaus at the Royal Albert Hall. Claire also recently performed on a P&O Classical cruise in conjunction with Classic FM and in Dubrovnik for London Festival Opera.
Claire has been a Director of the Dean and Chadlington Summer Music Festival in Oxfordshire for the last 9 years and is a Visiting Singing Teacher at the prestigious Radley College in Abingdon.